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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. willht, russia says it respond if its interest in the ukraine are attacked. the warning from moscow's foreign minister comes a day after ukraine's acting president called for fresh military operations against pro-russian militants. who get the view from the former russian prime minister. --rt with this report tonight, we start with this report. >> miles from the ukrainian border. ukrainehe pressure on even further, the russian foreign minister recalls when the army went into georgia in 2008.
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>> the interest of russians have been attacked directly like they , i don't see any other way but to respond with full accordance international law. it would be an attack on the russian federation. >> much less well-equipped ukrainian troops and their supporters. are our only hope, she tells the young soldier. there is no sign of russian sorties actually entering the ukraine. for now, the ukrainians are focused on their internal problems in the region where the government has restarted what it labels and antiterrorism operation. >> it is a battle to show that they are in control of some parts of the eastern ukraine, something they have been
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struggling to do for more than two weeks now. have detained an american journalist. an internationally respected documentary maker has been held for more than 48 hours now. >> he is not an honest good journalist. so to prevent him, he has been detained. no sign of detentions abating, american troops are arriving in poland for exercises as the u.s. tries to reassure its nervous eastern european allies. nato is conducting naval drills in the baltic. everyone in this part of the world is reminding each other of
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the lethal firepower they possess. >> it is certainly not getting any less tense in that part of the world. one person that knows vladimir putin quite well and is become a critic is former russian prime minister holding net post from 2000 to 2004. i joined him a short time ago to talk about moscow's reaction to the events in the ukraine. today,look at the events russia threatening to retaliate, was this piece deal struck shouldvely over echo >> the policies continue, in fact, i would say it is necessary now to extend individual sanctions. that way people can be prepared.
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>> beyond targeting sanctions that we have already, extend them not just to the russian economy but more individuals? targeted sanctions were against individuals. we need to extend this and put more individuals away. crimeanlled for annexation. step.s the next putin and his people see very clearly that the west does not take those measures. you are a former prime minister and a critic of president putin but my understanding is that within russia actually, the annexation of crimea area -- crimea, they liked his policy in crimea. >> people were fooled by propaganda.
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intense state propaganda. of it is a matter disclosure. crimeaicies vis-à-vis would fail, these people were reached on an opposite direction . it always happens this way. you know president putin well. what do you think is going through his mind right now? >> he is bluffing a lot. he wants and needs legitimacy. and to find it abroad. he is building up some kind of legitimacy inside. >> how far is he prepared to go? >> giving the west consistent
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measures. for himcular, to demand to make a clear statement calling on these illegal armed groups to hand over all of their weapons immediately and stop revoking all this unrest. that is what we need. that theyhould ensure would be absolutely on time. >> he wrote something i think is very interesting. he suggested some of the oligarchs might start to turn against him because of the sanctions and the blacklist? that has not happened yet. >> i think people have gotten very nervous. just putin has continued to bluff. as you mentioned, he has some kind of support and that is why.
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but if you increase the lives of these individuals, it will be at the front of the military. >> thank you for coming in. >> with handshakes still fresh on the agreement between rival palestinian groups to form a government, the u.s. government is condemning the announcement. they have come together after a seven-year split and are planning to have leaders in place in five weeks. israel canceled a meeting with palestinian peace negotiators. we now report from jerusalem. >> palestinians have long hoped to an end to the damaging split between their political leaders. reconciliation deals have been made before but they were not implemented. now these officials say they will be and the rift between the fraction of the palestinian president and the islamist
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group, is over. they promise a unity government in five weeks and plan for elections in the following six months. >> that we managed to reach this new deal and 22 hours of talks is really a great achievement. nobody expected that. that means there is a strong will this time to implement that. the other point is i think both parties realize that the public anger is limited and they will pay a very high price if they are perceived as having this terrible division. >> israel's reaction is negative. this is made in the peace talks with the palestinians, a meeting between negotiators canceled. >> this is a move by the palestinian authority away from reconciliation.
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not only with israel but the international community. >> and the u.s. is brokering peace talks said this could seriously complicate efforts. >> the timing was troubling and we were disappointed in the announcement. if absent a clear commitment to those principles i just outlined, this could seriously complicate our efforts. in 2000 seven, fierce fighting and able thomas to seize control of gaza and forces loyal to the president. after previous palestinian attempts to and the rift failed, the caution and skepticism about if unity can be achieved, the pressure from israel can only add to that. >> for more on these developments, i spoke to the
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middle east editor in jerusalem. for sevenbeen split years. why are they coming together now? >> they feel that they need some kind of deal to try to strengthen themselves from within. the timing of it also has to do with what is looking like the imminent collapse of the latest american attempt to make peace between the two sides. the deadline for finishing the talks or at least extending them was meant to be monday but it is looking less likely. the palestinians are saying that they are not getting what they and from the israeli side they are saying, you have a choice here. you can give us more or we might go more towards thomas. israel he has said this is caused very big crisis and throws a lot of issues, not least whether or not they will blame missiles coming out of gaza on the palestinians on the
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west bank that are meant to be pro-western ones. and there is a lot up for grabs tonight. >> do you think that they could form an agreement? they tried over the past few years and it hasn't worked. >> they even had deals brokered by the king of saudi arabia. and that didn't happen. stick and get the sides together. there are? about if they can make a deal themselves. in the next series of questions is what that does to the wider hopes that some people still have that a peace deal of some sort might be possible. negotiationsthese have been going on off and on for more than 20 years. kinds of outside
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mediators, so far, there have been little bits of progress. but none of the kinds of agreements that they sought from the outset. whethery has to be disappointment after a failed negotiation will lead to another outbreak of violence. >> there is a sense in washington that president obama is running out of patience. another look at news around the world. the prime minister has formally offered condolences for the mass killing of armenians during the first world war. he made a statement on the youth of the anniversary. the deportation of armenians began back in 1915. the vatican dismissed allegations that pope john paul ii who will become a saint turned a blind eye towards one of the catholic churches must damaging sexual abuse scandals.
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they say there is no evidence linking him personally to the case of a mexican priest that founded a catholic religious order. at least four people have been killed by a car bomb outside a police station in the kenyan capital of nairobi. the attack happened close to the easterly district. grenade blasts attributed to al-shabaab. a week after a ferry carrying hundreds of schoolchildren sank off the coast of south korea, today, for more crew members were arrested and brings the number of people detained to 11. it comes as memorial services were held for the 156 it had been listed as dead. 152 more are missing. people gathered where the children's school is and there is more. >> white flowers told their story of purity and of death.
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one each for grieving mothers, classmates, and strangers. nation wanting to contain the horror of this loss. they were meant to be schoolchildren, not heroes. their faces too young for this. what should i do, she says? what should i do? >> i feel angry when i think of the students who weren't rescued. if we had acted sooner, they would've survived. i can only imagine what they must've gone through. they must have screamed for help. the thought tortures me. >> my beloved little sister, we heard you saved your friend. we are so proud of you. there were faces missing from the commemorations. scores of students haven't been
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found. the nightly identifying has become a grammar team now. there are questions about if they left their passengers to drown. for some, the hardest they will be tomorrow. the high school at the center of this tragedy has become a memorial site, a place of funerals and grieving. but tomorrow, it will open as a school again. >> desks and lockers will be into spaces. friendships ended, futures gone. these smiling teenagers will be missed by so many. you hope they know how much. >> too many heartbreaking days in south korea for the families, of course, of those children lost on the ferry.
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president obama starts his asian tour in japan where u.s. naval power is still supreme. but for how much longer? the white house and strongly condemned the massacre of civilians in south sudan, calling it a betrayal of the people by their leaders. hundreds of people have been slaughtered in the oil down. the pictures are very disturbing and they are graphic from the beginning. >> an abomination. that is how the white house is describing this recent massacre. are among the most shocking since the conflict began in december. the sight of bodies piled on streets as well as in mosques and churches have outraged the international community. as the community lies in tatters, the rebels and the government are trading accusations about who is responsible. >> they violated the cessation of hostilities and have carried
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out a massacre. where civilians were targeted. at the mosque and at the hospital. it is one of the most disgusting events one has ever seen. >> the rebels have denied responsibility, blaming it on retreating government soldiers. as a result ofs the violence over the last few days, it is now projecting 22,000 displaced people. it does not guarantee their safety. u.n. cars have also been targeted in recent attacks. conflict has deep ethnic undercurrents because it hits -- pits the president against his theer vice president
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violence that started five months ago rages on. tour ofdent obama's asia is officially underway with the first op in japan. one of his first action was assuring to give the u.s. will oppose any attempt by beijing to undermine japan's control over the disputed islands in the east china sea. we get this report that contains flash photography. >> it has been 18 years since the u.s. president walked off air force one on a state visit to japan. in that time, the whole map of asia has been transformed by the rise of china. of japan, the seventh fleet is still the most powerful navy in asia.
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huge assault carriers still guarantee japan's security. has nine of these. no other navy in the world has anything like this. with just a few hundred miles over there, and china. >> this chinese boat is deep inside japanese waters and refusing to stop. china is becoming much more aggressive in asserting claims to japanese controlled islands in the east china sea. japan is worried that america may be going soft. >> the americans might be entangled into actual combat simply because of this confrontation between china and japan.
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the size of the capability. it is the will of the americans. america has 27,000 marines based in japan. the commander tells me they have the will and the means. >> i landed on the speech 30 years ago as a young lieutenant. this shows our staying power. the strength of these alliances. >> it's what japan wants to hear but they want to hear it from the u.s. commander-in-chief himself. >> washington seems to be spending a lot of time reassuring its allies that it is not retrenching and ignoring them. story in ourxt weekly series focusing on women and technology. a growing number of actresses are bypassing hollywood studios and instead coming up with their own digital creations.
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knownthem is felicia day, as the queen of geeks. she tells us how she became a pioneer online and the message that she hopes to send. >> playing video games excessively. 12 hours a day for a couple of years. i got addicted to a game called world of warcraft. in between, i acted a couple days a month. and i would play video games all day. when i first got to hollywood, i didn't really know everything that was going on. it took me a couple years to get on my feet and the biggest role i got was in buffy the vampire slayer. after that, i went on to work more and more. but not enough to really keep me as busy as i would like.
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about two years into my world of warcraft addiction, i decided i have a problem. i sat down and i wanted to write a comedy about people who i game with. that is where it started. >> i present to you felicia day, the owner of this channel. >> youtube it just started. people didn't know what twitter was. facebook was barely anything. i production partner was a friend of mine and read the script and said we should make this online. we could film it ourselves and maybe put it on the internet and show it to gamers because gamers are online. we put a paypal button on our website not thinking anyone would donate. within three weeks, we had enough to shoot more of the script. audience that wanted to see the stories continue and they were willing to help us make it. i think we have a stronger voice in the digital space because the
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stakes were incredibly low. there was no market entry or telling women that you can't pick up the camera and shoot in the house. here, i get to be everything i want to be. reduce her, actor, writer, entrepreneur. following some of the other opportunities, i would've had to choose one or the other. biggestwill be the mobile of the digital space ever, but i could be something that somebody 20 years younger than he grows up with and that woman did that. i could do that. it's a possibility and i could be the rupert murdoch of the digital world. or steven spielberg. breaking into hollywood, but not by the conventional mission ones.ventional good for her.
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: graphic images and grim details have emerged of a massacre in south sudan. the white house called it an abomination, men, women and children slaughtered by rebels last week, leaving "piles and piles" of bodies in their wake. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill, also ahead, president obama arrived in japan, kicking off a four-country swing, part of a long-promised foreign policy pivot to asia, in the shadow of a rising china. >> woodruff: plus, a promising new drug to treat the liver- destroying hepatitis-c, bringing dramatic results so far, but at a hefty price.


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